Class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:00 AM.
The first part of a two-semester course in classical and modern physics for students majoring in science. We will cover units, kinematics, force, momentum, energy, power, wave motion, and the basic thermodynamics of heat flow.
Prerequisite: MATH 1634 or concurrent enrollment therein. Students are expected to be proficient with algebra, trigonometry, and either be taking or have completed a first semester calculus sequence.
Grading: Labs – 20%, Homework - 20%, Participation – 10%, Midterm Exams (2 @ 15% each) – 30%, Final – 20%
Course Website: This course will make use of WebCT / Blackboard for supplemental instruction.
Expectations: Students are expected to attend class regularly; the instructor will present the material and do some example problems. Short homework assignments will be given every class. Students are expected to remain current with the assignments.
90% or higher: A
80% - 89.99%: B
70% - 79.99%: C
60% - 69.99%: D
below 60%: F
The instructor reserves the right to scale grades on exams as needed.
Homework: Homework assignments may be submitted late. However, please note that approximately 50% of the homework grade is based on the quality of the submitted work, with the rest being awarded for submitting the work in a timely manner. Homework assignments have a set due date, listed on the assignment, and any assignment submitted at or before the start of the next class after the due date will be considered on time. (It is recommended that students submit all assignments on the due date.) Assignments submitted after that time will have credit reduced by approximately 5% per class session late.
Students may request extensions on homework assignments. All reasonable extension requests (at the discretion of the instructor) will be granted if requested in advance of the due date. Requests made after the due date require exceptional circumstances.
Laboratory: Policies for the laboratory exercises will be set by the laboratory teaching assistants.
While attendance is not factored into your grade, it is expected that students will attend class regularly. If there are exceptional circumstances, please speak with the instructor. Tests may only be made up with an excused absence or notification of illness, considered on a case by case basis. Discussion of planned absences in advance is preferred.
A portion of the grade is based on participation, and it is of course impossible to participate if you are not present. However, it is not necessary to ask a lot of questions to earn full participation points - listening is also participating.
Lab: All lab assignments must be completed during the lab period unless otherwise noted. If you cannot attend your normal section at any time, please try to attend the other section of the same week. If this is not possible and you have an excused absence from ALL AVAILABLE LAB SECTIONS, you must make arrangements with the TA to make-up the lab within ONE WEEK. Labs will start the week of Monday August 30, 2010. Labs will meet in McCoy 203.
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. You may work together in pairs in lab, but you must submit your own work. Homework exercises may also be worked in groups; however, each student is expected to understand the material they submit, and not simply copy the work of another student.
Please turn off your cell phone (or put in silent mode) while in lecture or lab.
Note: In accordance with the law, MSU provides students with documented disabilities academic accommodations. If this applies to you, please contact me.